Project Grant

Our project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to:

  • humanities based civic conversations
  • public lecture, conference and panel discussion
  • reading and discussion programs
  • film and discussion programs
  • museum exhibitions and related programming
  • theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion
  • oral history projects
  • walking tours
  • audio projects
  • film pre-production and distribution
  • websites
  • content-based professional development workshops for teachers

To get a sense of some of the specific programming we have supported, we suggest a stroll through the Past Grants Awarded section.

In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited (see our Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities  initiative), and programming that responds to our current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.  Please contact one of our Program Officers if you have questions about Mass Humanities’ strategic priorities.

(Standard) Project Grant

Project Grants

The standard Project Grant award is up to $7,500.

(Incentive) Project Grants with a maximum award of $15,000:

Negotiating the Social Contract Project Grants

Proposals for public programs that respond to our theme, Negotiating the Social Contract, may be eligible for a maximum award of $15,000. The theme invites proposals that explore how Americans participate in creating the basic social and economic relationships that shape our society, both historically and in the present. Projects may utilize the full range of public program formats. All other Mass Humanities’ grant guidelines and restrictions apply.  DETAILS

Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities Project Grants (ENA)

Proposals for public programs that include a detailed and realistic plan for engaging new and larger audiences with limited access to the humanities may be eligible for a maximum award of $15,000. Projects may utilize the full range of public program formats. All other Mass Humanities’ grant guidelines and restrictions apply.  DETAILS

Film Grants

Grants for humanities-based film projects carry a $15,000 maximum.  Preference will be given to projects that address Massachusetts topics.

Essentials for Applicants

What we do not fund.

  • Mass Humanities accepts applications online. There are three parts to the project grant online application process. See deadlines chart for specific deadlines for each part of the application process.
    1. Submit an online Inquiry form (LOI) six weeks prior to the application deadline (LOI form preview).
    2. If LOI is approved, submit a draft about three weeks before the final application is due.
    3. Submit full application by deadline.
  • Download and read the project grant guidelines document before submitting an online Inquiry form (LOI). Full instructions on how to apply can also be found on page 9.
  • A public humanities project must be substantively rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines.
  • Humanities scholars participate in all Mass Humanities funded projects.
  • Eligible: Any non-profit organization, whether or not it has 501(c)(3) status.
  • All project grants are 1:1 matching grants.
Project Grants (Three Grant Rounds Per Year)
Inquiry Form (LOI) Deadline Draft Deadline Application Deadline Approximate
November Round September 22, 2016 October 14, 2016 November 1, 2016 December 12, 2016
February Round December 19, 2016 January 9, 2017 February 1, 2017 March 20, 2017
May Round March 21, 2017 April 10, 2016 May 1, 2017 June 19, 2017

Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.